Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Who is really writing this blog?

It could be a robot. Apparently, some scientists at MIT used a computer program to generate a "scientific" paper and submitted it for a conference. The paper was written grammatically correctly, but was just gibberish generated from a base set of nouns, verbs, computer science jargon, and sentence structures. The paper was accepted, though since then the prank has been revealed and the paper's acceptance has been revoked.

I'm sure an enterprising economist could take it a step further, download some BLS data, run some random regressions, and generate a random paper around those results. Anyone up for the challenge?

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